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1 The Consumer Experience of 2013 Research Document Publication date: January 201

2 Contents Section 1 Introduction 1 2 Executive summary 3 Changing use of communications 11 Consumer segmentation 18 5 Availability of services and providers 29 6 Take-up of services and devices 39 7 Consumer choice and value 90 8 Consumer interest and activity Consumer protection 161 Annex 1 Research methodologies Glossary of terms and definitions Measuring participation in communications markets 203

3 Section 1 1 Introduction Background This is Ofcom s eighth annual report on the consumer experience of telecoms, the internet, digital broadcasting and postal services. It discusses the results of our research programme, which measured how well consumers have fared over the past year in their use of these services. This report has been published alongside Ofcom s Consumer Experience Policy Evaluation, which considers the key findings and trends emerging from the research and uses these to assess the impact of Ofcom s policy work and activities. This report focuses on the experience of residential consumers. A variety of data sources were used in compiling this report: Ofcom s communications tracking survey, its residential consumer postal tracking survey and its annual consumer switching survey, supported by a range of ad-hoc research. The following is a brief outline of the tracking research used. Full details of the Ofcom tracking research used in this report are available in Annex 1. Ofcom communications tracking survey The communications tracking survey is run three times a year. It provides Ofcom with continuous understanding of consumer behaviour in the UK communications markets, helping us to monitor change and assess the degree and success of competition. Ofcom consumer switching survey Ofcom has run a survey of consumer decision-making since 2006, covering consumers in each of the fixed-line, mobile, fixed broadband and multichannel television markets, including bundle purchasers. Its main objective is to track the extent to which consumers participate in the communications markets. This survey is Ofcom s key data source for monitoring switching and satisfaction in communications markets. Ofcom residential consumer postal tracking survey The residential postal tracker is run throughout the course of the year and reported on a quarterly basis. The main objective is to help Ofcom to keep abreast of the UK postal market and to help us to quickly identify and react to any changes in attitudes and behaviours in the postal industry. 1

4 The scope This report analyses the overall experience that consumers have had of the communications markets, in four areas: telecoms (fixed-line and mobile); internet (largely focusing on fixed broadband); digital broadcasting (television and radio); and postal service In summary the report covers the following areas: Changing use of communications overview of the key changes occurring across the communications markets and the postal sector. Consumer segmentation overview of recent research designed to segment consumers in the communications market according to their attitudes towards, and engagement with, communications technology and services. Availability of services and providers details the range of options and coverage of providers and services; e.g. 3G mobile and superfast broadband. Take-up of services and devices demographic analysis of what services and devices consumers have, and consumers use of postal services. Consumer choice and value with a focus on purchasing and pricing, this research covers how consumers are choosing to purchase the services they have, how these are changing (e.g. bundles 1, contracts) how UK prices have changed over time and how they compare internationally. Consumer interest and activity provides the latest update on consumer participation including switching levels, ease of switching across the communications markets, and satisfaction with current services and providers. Consumer protection highlights the latest consumer protection issues and where there may be a need for intervention. The report looks across various demographic groups, where relevant; over time, where the data are available; and across countries, where robust data are available. We present and analyse data on take-up and some availability data at national level for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as we do in Ofcom s annual Nations & 1 Providers no longer tend to market bundles as discounted. Due to this, we adjusted the way we report bundlers. The data in the choices section are based on consumers taking more than one service from a single provider, which the consumer considers a package of services, and no longer defines this as being discounted/cheaper. 2

5 Regions Communications Market report, last published in August Other data in this report is presented at a UK level. Under the Communications Act 2003 Ofcom has a specific duty to have regard to the interests of disabled consumers. In order to meet these responsibilities and to respond to stakeholder requests for better information on the experiences of disabled consumers, we have worked with the British Population Survey (BPS) 3 to produce a special Consumer Experience report, which was published in September The report focuses on analysing ownership of communications services among disabled consumers, the full report can be found on the Ofcom website. It provides Ofcom s most robust analysis yet of disabled consumers household ownership of, and access to, communications services, across Great Britain British Population Survey: 3

6 Section 2 2 Executive summary This report covers many aspects of the consumer experience. The following is a summary of the key themes and highlights from this year s research. The changing use of communications (page 11) Tablets and smartphones continue to see rapid growth in take-up. Take-up of smartphones has continued to increase rapidly over the past year, with over half of all adults now claiming to own one (56%). Take-up of tablet computers has more than doubled over the year, rising from 12% in 2012 to 29% in Just over half of consumers now report accessing the internet on their mobile. Fifty-three per cent said they personally used their mobile phone to access the internet (up from 9% in 2012). Take-up of mobile broadband via a dongle (or built-in connectivity in a laptop, netbook or tablet) has fallen for the past two years, from 17% in 2011 to 12% in 2012 and 8% in Superfast connections almost tripled over the past year. Between Q and Q take-up of non-corporate superfast broadband connections increased; from 6.5% of all broadband connections to 17.5%. Half of all internet users say their laptop is their most important device for connecting to the internet. Forty-six per cent of internet users chose their laptop as the most important device to connect to the internet, followed by the desktop PC (28%). Among smartphone users, 23% cited this as the most important device, although laptops remained the most popular (3%). Among tablet owners, the preference for laptops drops significantly, with similar proportions citing laptops (3%) and tablets (32%) as their most important device for connecting to the internet. Eight in ten consumers are aware of VoIP services although only three in ten use the service. Awareness of VoIP rose in 2013 to 83%, from 78% in Use of the service also continued to rise - with just over three in ten (31%) claiming to currently use VoIP; this is three times the level of take-up in 2008 (10%). A quarter of adults (2%) claimed that their use of post had decreased in the past two years, with two thirds claiming to replace some post with . The second most common method was text messaging, with just over a quarter of adults (27%) using this method instead of post. Availability of services and providers (page 29) Fixed line, broadband and digital broadcasting are available to nearly all consumers, with varying degrees of mobile coverage across the UK. In 2013, using data taken from network operators planning tools, we estimated that 99.6% of premises

7 had an outdoor mobile signal from at least one 2G operator and 99.1% by at least one 3G mobile operator 5. Digital terrestrial coverage is almost universal following digital switchover. Digital terrestrial television (DTT) has near-universal coverage of 98.5% of UK households, as the UK completed digital switchover in late DAB digital radio services are available to over nine in ten (9.%) households. The recent extension of the Digital One multiplex to Northern Ireland has increased the proportion of UK households that are able to receive these services. Following the launch of new multiplexes around the UK, the proportion of UK households that are served by local commercial multiplexes has also increased; from 66.% to 71.7%. Consumers are able to choose from a wide range of communication providers. The number of communication providers remained fairly stable in There are at least 13 major suppliers of bundled residential communications services, 11 fixed line operators and mobile network operators. There are currently 519 television channels, 13 of which are public service channels and their HD and +1 variants, with the remaining 506 being commercial channels. Consumers have 553 analogue radio services in the UK, including local and UK-wide commercial stations, BBC local, UK-wide and community stations, and 212 stations available on DAB, of which 50 are digital-only brands. Take-up and use of services and devices (page 39) Fixed-line ownership has stabilised in the UK. Following the decline in fixed-line ownership seen in 2009, ownership levels have remained at 8% for a fourth consecutive year. Mobile-only households continue to be younger consumers and from the DE socio-economic group. The majority (79%) of households continue to own both a fixed line and a mobile phone, with a further % fixed-line only and 16% mobile-only. Just over a quarter (27%) of 16-2s and those in DE (28%) socio-economic group are in mobileonly households. Mobile-only households also continue to be more prevalent in urban (17%) than in rural areas (9%). Take-up of the internet remains stable, with four in five (82%) households able to access the internet at home. Seventy-eight per cent of households use either fixed and/or mobile broadband, % have access only via their mobile phone and 1% use a dial-up internet connection. Total use of fixed broadband remains unchanged at 7% of adults, with a further % using mobile broadband only. There was a significant decrease in the number of consumers who ever use mobile broadband outside the home. Ninety-five per cent of adults with mobile broadband via a dongle (or built-in connectivity in a laptop, netbook or tablet) say they use it at home. In 2013 there was a significant decrease in the number of consumers who ever use mobile broadband outside the home (60% versus 77%) and an increase in those who only use mobile broadband in the home (38% vs. 22%). 5 We recognise that the planning tools are subject to a margin of error and local factors, such as tall buildings or trees, can affect the signal at different locations. In addition, the quality of mobile services are affected by factors other than signal strength, such as network capacity, number of simultaneous users and quality of handset. In 201 we will be undertaking work to measure the actual consumer experience. 5

8 Around half of all UK adults access multi-channel television at home through Freeview. Thirty-seven per cent of all adults only use Freeview to access multichannel television at home; this compares to 31% only using satellite and 1% only using cable. Just under six in ten (58%) adults receive pay TV. Following the slight decline in takeup of pay TV for some age groups in 2012, take-up has remained stable for all age groups. Two-thirds of consumers claim to have access to digital radio services. Take-up of digital services that can deliver digital radio (i.e. digital TV and/ or internet) has increased to 100% of homes. Two-thirds (66%) of consumers claimed to have access to digital radio services at home (via DTV, internet or DAB radio set), as in 2012 suggesting that around one in three are unaware that they can access digital radio services at home. Just under two-thirds (6%) of postal users claim to be reliant on the postal service. Levels of those claiming to be very reliant on the postal service increased with age, with 18% of 16-2 year olds stating they were very reliant on the postal service, compared to 30% of those aged 65-7 and 1% of those over 75 years old. The postal price increases in April 2012 have had no impact on the behaviour of almost three in five residential postal consumers. The claimed impact of the price rise increases with age, with over two-thirds (68%) of those aged 16-2 saying it had no impact. This compares to just over half of those aged 55 to 6 (5%), 65 to 7 year olds (52%) and those over 75 (56%). Over nine in ten consumers are satisfied with the delivery to neighbour scheme for post. Of the 28% of postal users who had experienced the delivery to neighbour scheme, more than nine in ten (9%) stated they were either satisfied, or very satisfied, with the scheme, with over three in four (77%) being very satisfied. Consumer choice and value (page 90) The increase in bundled purchasing continues. The proportion of consumers who purchase service bundles has risen steadily over recent years, and by Q % of UK homes took more than one communications service from the same provider, up from 57% a year previously. Consumers aged over 75 (27%), and those in socio-economic group DE (5%) were the least likely to bundle any communications services. Average UK household spend on communications services fell in real terms in On average, UK households spent per month on communications services in 2012, 1.55 (1.3%) less than in 2011 and (9.8%) less than in This was equivalent to 5.% of total household spend in 2012, 6 slightly lower than in 2011 and unchanged from The average revenue of residential broadband connections increased by 1.2% to per connection in 2012, largely due to take up of superfast broadband. Increasing average revenue per residential fixed broadband connection is to a large extent a result of consumers switching to superfast broadband services, (i.e. those with an advertised speed of 30Mbit/s or more), which typically command a price premium 6 Or 3.% of average gross annual income. 6

9 over standard broadband services. In the year to May 2013 the proportion of UK residential fixed broadband connections that were superfast increased from 8% to 19% 7. The premium price for superfast broadband services is falling. Our analysis shows that the lowest available prices for a basket of fixed voice services with a standard fixed broadband connection, and the price for the same fixed voice services with a superfast broadband connection, 8 both continued to fall in the year to July The rate of decline in the price of the basket including superfast broadband (8.2%) was higher than that of the standard broadband basket (3.2%) in 2013, and the difference between the lowest price available for each of the baskets (i.e. the premium for superfast broadband services) was just over 8 per month, down from 10 per month in 2012 and 12 per month in UK mobile prices fell for most of the usage profiles used in our analysis in Our analysis shows that the total weighted average 9 price of eight mobile connections with varying use of voice, SMS and data services fell by just under a quarter (22.6%) in real terms in the year to July The weighted average price of all but two of these connections fell during the year. Stand-alone pay-tv prices increased in the year to July The lowest price available for a stand-alone basic pay-tv service increased by 7% to 12 per month in 2013, although this was lower than the lowest price of a similar service in 2008 ( 16 per month). The lowest price available for stand-alone HD premium pay-tv services was 66 per month in 2013, up from 55 in 2008 and an 8% increase since Consumer interest and activity (page 123) A fifth (20%) of consumers switched at least one communications service between Q and Q Overall, yearly switching levels remain broadly unchanged at around one in ten in each of the fixed-line (9%), mobile (11%) and fixed broadband (9%) markets. The total level of switching main digital TV provider remains lower, at 3%, and % among those with a pay-tv service. A quarter of all switchers switched multiple services at the same time not significantly different to Around a fifth of consumers are classified in this report as engaged 10 in the telecoms markets. Engagement levels stand at around a fifth in each of the fixed line (17%), fixed broadband (18%) and mobile (20%) markets, but remain lower and unchanged at just over one in ten (12%) in the digital TV market. The level of engagement among standalone fixed broadband and fixed line purchasers has fallen. In the fixed broadband market this has been driven by falling levels of engagement among standalone purchasers (down 9pp to 15%) while engagement among bundlers is stable (19%) Here we compare two service combinations: a fixed line with 00 minutes of outgoing voice calls along with a fixed broadband connection with a minimum headline speed of up to Mbit/s and 15GB of data use per month, and a combination which is identical to the first in all respects other than that it requires a superfast broadband connection (i.e. one with a headline speed of at least up to 30Mbit/s). 9 The weighted average is calculated using the lowest available prices available among tariffs offered by the UK s three largest mobile providers (EE, O2 and Vodafone), weighted by their market shares. 10 Consumers classified as engaged may have switched previously and are currently open to the idea of a new provider. 7

10 Cost and poor service are both common reasons why consumers say they switch communications provider. Cost was stated by between 5% and 62% of switchers in each of the fixed voice, fixed broadband, mobile and digital TV markets. Poor service was mentioned as a reason for switching by around half as many in each market, ranging from 20% in the mobile market to 29% in the fixed broadband market. In the mobile market reception (15%) and handsets (13%) are market-specific factors that drive consumers to switch provider with a minority switching in order to obtain a G service (5%). The desire for faster speeds is a key driver among fixed broadband switchers (15%), as is the choice of channels for TV switchers (18%). Satisfaction is increasingly mentioned as the main reason for not switching. Between 6-8% of consumers across the communications markets said they started looking but did not switch. In all except the digital TV market (where perceived lack of cost benefit is the highest stated reason for not switching), satisfaction is one of the most-mentioned reasons for not switching provider, among those who have only considered doing so. Around three in ten consumers who looked but didn t switch in each of the fixed voice, fixed broadband and mobile markets cited satisfaction as the reason they didn t. These proportions have risen significantly since A minority (around one in ten) of switchers, who spoke to their previous provider, said they were put under pressure to stay. Contact with losing providers is most common among fixed line and fixed broadband switchers, where around three-quarters (73% and 76% respectively) said they had been in contact with their previous provider. This contact is mainly initiated by the consumer. In comparison, contact with losing providers among considerers is lower, at around two in five. Most switchers said they were happy with their decision to switch, but considerers were less happy with their decision not to. Between -9% of switchers said they were unhappy with their decision to switch in each of the markets; this was highest in the fixed broadband market. Happiness with their decision was lower among considerers in each market, and at its lowest among fixed broadband considerers, where three in ten (29%) said they were unhappy with their decision. The majority of switchers (between 8% and 92%) considered it very or fairly easy to switch provider. But for some switchers (between 6% and 1%) changing provider was difficult. The fixed broadband market continues to have the highest levels of stated difficulty in switching, at 13%. Ease of switching telecoms provider remains broadly comparable with utilities. Seven per cent of switchers in each of the gas and electricity markets said switching was difficult, which is comparable to that noted among fixed line (9%) and mobile switchers (8%) but lower than reported among fixed broadband switchers (13%). However, when prompted, half of switchers said they experienced some difficulties when switching provider. Stated difficulties varied by market. Provider persuasion to stay was one of the most common issues reported in both the fixed broadband and fixed voice markets. The majority of consumers remain satisfied with their services overall, with dissatisfaction highest for fixed broadband, at one in ten. Dissatisfaction stands between 5% and 11% across markets. Levels of overall satisfaction remained fairly consistent between 2012 and 2013 across each of the communications markets, with little variation in dissatisfaction across demographic groups within each market. 8

11 Dissatisfaction with value for money is highest among fixed broadband standalone purchasers (16%), and bundlers (1%). The only significant change in satisfaction levels has been among bundlers, where dissatisfaction now stands at 1%, nearly twice the level reported in 2011 and 2012 (8%). Dissatisfaction with broadband speeds in rural areas is nearly twice the average (32% vs. 18%). Engaged and interested consumers were also more likely to state dissatisfaction with the speeds of their fixed broadband service (26% and 19% respectively). Just under nine in ten (87%) adults are satisfied with the postal service overall. Those aged over 75 were the most likely to state they were satisfied with the postal service (93%). Two-thirds of postal users are satisfied with the value for money provided by the postal service. Consumer protection (page 161) Broadband customers are the most likely to claim they had a reason to complain (1%), followed by mobile (9%) then landline (7%) customers. Not all of these consumers proceeded to make a complaint. In total, 9% of broadband customers said they had made a complaint (this equates 73% of those with cause to complain) and compares to 6% among mobile customers and 5% among landline customers. Telecoms issues dominate complaints to Ofcom, with levels broadly in line with The level of telecoms complaints is similar to 2012, at between 6000 and 7000 per month, although some categories have fallen. This compares to about 1000 complaints about broadcasting standards and around 0 per month relating to postal services. Complaints to Ofcom about abandoned and silent calls peaked in April 2013 and have declined since then. In October 2013 there were 2,857 complaints, this followed a peak of 3,900 in April Ofcom s market research has found that experience of nuisance calls fell between February, when eight in ten (82%) people reported receiving a nuisance call on their landline in the previous four weeks, and July, when seven in ten (68%) people reported a nuisance call on their landline. It has remained broadly constant since then. The issues causing unexpectedly high bills (UHBs) in the mobile contract market remain broadly unchanged from last year. Making calls to numbers not included in the call allowance, and lost/stolen mobiles remain the main cause of UHBs in the mobile contract market, each at 3% of mobile contract customers. Exceeding voice allowance (1%) and using data without an allowance (1%) are the next most common causes. The average amount of bill shock in the mobile contract market shows signs of decline 11. In 2013 the mean average amount of bill shock 12 in the mobile contact market was 0, compared with 6 in However, many UHBs in the mobile contract market were for less than this average, which is influenced by a small proportion of bills at the higher end of the scale (i.e more than expected). Complaints about fixed-line and mobile mis-selling have decreased over the past twelve months. From a peak of 1200 complaints in April 2005, the downward trend in fixed-line mis-selling complaints has continued over the past year, with overall fixed-line mis-selling complaints averaging 2 per month for Mobile mis-selling has also 11 Source: Ofcom face to face omnibus, February/ March 2012, based on the responses of 263 mobile contract customers and March/ April 2013, based on the responses of 239 mobile contract customers 12 This refers to the amount by which the bill was higher than expected, and not the total amount of the bill. 9

12 decreased over the past 12 months, from a peak of 270 complaints a month in October 2008 to around 190 a month in Furthermore, since their high of around 60 complaints per month in 2008 monthly cashback complaints have significantly reduced to single digits over the past two years. Complaints received about MAC codes 13 have declined significantly since its peak in 2007, to 100 per month on average in From a peak of 83 complaints in March 2007 there has been a general downward trend, which has stabilised at between 60 and 130 complaints per month since April Between October 2012 and October 2013 the average monthly number of complaints about this issue was around 100. Broadcasting complaints to Ofcom continue to focus on content standards. In October 2013 there were 1,62 broadcasting complaints, of which 1,581 were about television and 61 were about radio. These levels were broadly in line with those seen in A minority (15%) of those eligible were referred to alternative dispute resolution (ADR) 1 by their provider, with higher satisfaction with outcomes noted among those who used the ADR scheme. Overall, 29% of eligible complainants were satisfied with the final outcome of their complaint; this compared to just under half (7%) of those who used the ADR scheme. 13 Migration authorisation code (MAC) is a unique code that a customer must give to his or her new broadband service provider, to allow the service to be transferred smoothly from the existing service provider. 1 Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) schemes act as an independent middleman between the service provider and the customer. If the ADR scheme agrees with your complaint, it can order the service provider to fix the problem and could potentially make a financial award. It is a requirement that all service providers are members of an ADR scheme. 10

13 Section 3 3 Changing use of communications Introduction Over the past few years there have been many changes within the communications market in terms of the availability and pricing of services and devices. This has had an impact not only on take-up but also on consumers use and experience of communications services. In this section we look at the changing use of communications, including postal services, in order to set the context for the rest of the report. We explore how use is affected by the growth in ownership of new devices, as they become more affordable and mainstream. Alongside this, Ofcom conducted analysis designed to segment consumers in the communications market according to their attitudes towards, and engagement with, communications technology and services. This analysis provides a unique way in which to view and understand consumers in this market. Consumers changing use of communications services is important to bear in mind throughout this report, as it is likely to influence factors such as the propensity to switch, and it may raise issues for consumer protection, either among the general population or particular demographic groups. Key trends Tablets and smartphones continue to see rapid growth in take-up. Take-up of smartphones has continued to increase rapidly over the past year, with over half of all adults now claiming to own one (56%). Take-up of tablet computers has more than doubled over the year, rising from 12% in 2012 to 29% in Just over half of consumers now report accessing the internet on their mobile. Fifty-three per cent said they personally used their mobile phone to access the internet (up from 9% in 2012). Take-up of mobile broadband via a dongle (or built-in connectivity in a laptop, netbook or tablet) has fallen for the past two years, from 17% in 2011 to 12% in 2012 and 8% in Superfast connections almost tripled over the past year. Between Q and Q take-up of non-corporate superfast broadband connections increased; from 6.5% of all broadband connections to 17.5%. Half of all internet users say their laptop is their most important device for connecting to the internet. Forty-six per cent of internet users chose their laptop as the most important device to connect to the internet, followed by the desktop PC (28%). Among smartphone users, 23% cited this as the most important device, although laptops remained the most popular (3%). Among tablet owners, the preference for laptops drops significantly, with similar proportions citing laptops (3%) and tablets (32%) as their most important device for connecting to the internet. Eight in ten consumers are aware of VoIP services although only three in ten use the service. Awareness of VoIP rose in 2013 to 83%, from 78% in Use of the service also continued to rise - with just over three in ten (31%) claiming to currently use VoIP; this is three times the level of take-up in 2008 (10%). 11

14 A quarter of adults (2%) claimed that their use of post had decreased in the past two years, with two thirds claiming to replace some post with . The second most common method was text messaging, with just over a quarter of adults (27%) using this method instead of post Tablets and smartphones continue to see rapid growth in take-up Figure 1 shows take-up of a range of communications devices over recent years. Take-up of smartphones has continued to increase rapidly over the past year, with over half of all adults now claiming to own one (56%). However, as discussed in Section 5, take-up varies significantly by age; just over four-fifths of participants (82%) aged 16-2 reported having a smartphone, compared to 17% of those aged 65-7 and % of those aged 75+. Household take-up of tablet computers (such as the ipad or Google Nexus) has more than doubled over the past year, rising from 12% in Q to 29% in Q A majority of this growth was over the Christmas period, with take-up rising eight percentage points between Q 2012 and Q Figure 1 Ownership of connected devices in the home 100% 80% 60% 0% 20% 0% *2006 *2007 *2008 *2009 *2010 *2011 *2012 *2013 Any** PC Laptop Netbook Tablet Smartphone Source: Ofcom communications tracking survey Base: All adults 16+ (Q 2000, 2133) (Q 2001, 2159) (Q 2002, 2138), (Q 2003, 2150) (Q 200, 2131) (Q 2005, 221) (Q2 2006, 239) (Q2 2007, 2265) (Q2 2008, 2109) (Q2 2009, 2085) (Q2 2010, 2106) (Q2 2011, 2862) (Q2 2012, 2893) (Q2 2013, 2879) Note: Data for based on Q2 data, all other data based on Q. **Data for Any for refers to PC or laptop computers. Data for Any for also includes netbook or tablet computers but not smartphones Half of consumers now report accessing the internet on their mobile As the proportion of households with access to the internet steadily rises (82% in Q2 2013), the ways people are connecting continues to change. Figure 2 below shows that, in Q2 2013, half of participants (53%) said they personally used their mobile phone to access the internet (up from 2% in Q1 2012), driven by growth in the smartphone market. Almost all UK adults who have mobile phone internet access also have access via fixed broadband. Only % of UK adults reported that their household s only means of internet access was a smartphone. Conversely, take-up of mobile broadband via a dongle (or built-in connectivity in a laptop, netbook or tablet) has fallen for the past two years, from 17% in 2011 to 13% in 2012 to 8% in

15 Total broadband take-up remained stable and at Q stood at 78% of UK households. This figure includes households with fixed and/or mobile broadband connections, but excludes access via a mobile handset. The proportion of households with fixed telephony and mobile telephony also remained stable, at 8% and 95% respectively, with 16% being mobile-only homes. Personal use of a mobile phone stood at 93% in Q Figure 2 Household take-up of communications services Mobile telephony Fixed telephony Internet connection Total broadband Fixed broadband Mobile data user Internet on mobile Mobile broadband dongle or datacard Source: Ofcom research, data as at Q ; Q (mobile data user Q1 2013) Base: All adults aged Superfast connections almost tripled over the past year Figure 3 shows that at the end of March 2013 there were around 3.8 million UK residential and small to medium sized enterprise (SME) superfast broadband connections, two and a half times more than there had been a year previously (1. million). Over the same period the proportion of all non-corporate broadband connections that were superfast almost tripled, increasing to 17.5%, although we expect this growth to slow as Virgin Media has now completed its double-speeds upgrade programme, which doubled the speeds provided by most of its cable broadband connections. 13

16 Figure 3 Take-up of superfast broadband services Per cent Superfast connections (left axis) Superfast as a % of all connections (right axis) 2010 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q 2011 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q 2012 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q 2013 Q1 Source: Ofcom / operator data Note: Includes estimates where Ofcom does not receive data from operators 3.0. Half of all internet users say their laptop is the most important device used to connect to the web Ofcom s Communications Market Report reported that when participants were asked which was their most important device for connecting to the internet (at home or elsewhere), almost half (6%) of internet users chose their laptop. The laptop was the most popular response, followed by the desktop PC, cited by 28% of participants. However, newer devices such as smartphones and tablets are having an impact on consumers preferences. Among smartphone users, 23% cited their smartphone as their most important device for connecting to the internet, although laptops remained the most popular response (3%). Among tablet owners, the preference for laptops drops significantly, with similar proportions citing laptops and tablets as their most important device for connecting to the internet (3% and 32% respectively)

17 Figure Most important device for connecting to the internet Device owners (%) 100% % % % 20% Other Tablet Smartphone Desktop Laptop 0% All internet users Of those with a smartphone Of those with a smartphone and who personally use a tablet Of those who personally use a tablet Of those with a laptop Source: Ofcom research, Q Note: Other responses include: netbook, games console, other device, none and don t know Eight in ten consumers are aware of VoIP services and just over three in ten use the service VoIP is an alternative to fixed-line voice communication. In some countries VoIP is already having an impact on use of fixed voice telephony. Due to methodological changes in 2009 please view 2008 data as indicative only. Figure 5 shows that awareness and current use of VoIP services both continued to rise in the UK in Awareness of the ability to make voice calls over the internet rose significantly, to just over eight in ten (83% vs. 78% in 2012). Four in ten (0%) adults said they had access to VoIP services at home with 31% of adults saying they currently used them - three times the level reported in 2008 (10%). Adults aged 16- years, ABC1s and those working continue to drive awareness. Over-65s remain least likely to be aware of the service (5% vs. 83% of all adults). Younger age groups, males, ABC1s and those with children in the household are driving access to VoIP, with those in socio-economic group AB driving current use. 15

18 Figure 5 Awareness and current / previous use of VoIP 100% 80% 60% % 20% 0% Awareness of VoIP Stated current use of VoIP Have used VoIP in the past Source: Ofcom communications tracking survey Base: All adults 16+ (Q2 2009, 2085) (Q2 2010, 2106) (Q2 2011, 2862) (Q2 2012, 2893) (Q2 2013, 2879) Two in three consumers are substituting post with A quarter of adults (2%) claimed their use of post had decreased in the past two years (Figure 65). Of this group of people, 5% stated they were sending fewer personal letters, and just under two in five claimed to send fewer formal letters to organisations and individuals (38%), and invitations, greetings and postcards (37%). Among those who stated they used post less than two years ago, for all except those over 75 the most popular method of replacement was , with two-thirds (66%) consumers claiming they were most likely to use instead. Replacement of post with is highest among 35 s (83%) and declines sharply among over-55s: 6% of those aged 55-6 say they use as an alternative to post, this drops to under one in two (7%) of 65-7s and to just under one in seven (1%) of over- 75s. The replacing of post with landline telephone calls (36%) was most popular among those over 75. Among the other services consumers stated they used to replace post, text messages were the second most common method across the majority of age groups interviewed, with just over a quarter of adults (27%) using this method. 16

19 Figure 6 Communication methods used instead of post, by age and gender 100 % of respondents Total Male Female Text messaging/ SMS Calls made with a mobile phone Social networking sites Calls made with a landline phone Face to face Instant messaging Other types of communication Source: Ofcom post tracking survey Base: All who say the number of items sent by post has decreased compared to two years ago (118) QC13: As your use of post has decreased compared to two years ago, which, if any of these forms of communication are you using more often instead of post? Across all socio-economic groups, consumers were most likely to replace the use of post with . However, DEs (3%) were the least likely to use as an alternative to post. Figure 7 Communication methods used instead of post, by socio-economic group and urbanity 100 % of respondents Total AB C1 C2 DE Urban Rural Text messaging/ SMS Calls made with a mobile phone Social networking sites Calls made with a landline phone Face to face Instant messaging Other types of communication Source: Ofcom post tracking survey Base: All who say the number of items sent by post has decreased compared to two years ago (118) QC13: As your use of post has decreased compared to two years ago, which, if any of these forms of communication are you using more often instead of post? 17

20 Section Consumer segmentation Introduction In 2013 Ofcom conducted a segmentation exercise to understand the latest changes in technology use and UK consumers engagement with digital communications services. In 2006 Ofcom conducted a similar segmentation exercise 16 and, at that time, one of the main differences between segments was the ownership of communications devices; for example, mobile phone ownership and digital TV distinguished the groups. Our 2013 segmentation found widespread device ownership across most segments, so today consumers appear to be differentiated less by which devices they have access to and more by how they use them. This research 17 was designed to segment consumers in the communications market according to their attitudes towards, and engagement with, communications technology and services. This method of segmentation is complementary to traditional demographic analysis. The findings provide a unique way in which to view and understand consumers in this market, which can be used to inform strategic thinking and policy development. Statistical analysis was conducted on the data collected in order to create an attitudinal and behavioural segmentation. Six distinct consumer segments were identified. A detailed report of the segmentation research has been published here..0.1 An overview of the consumer segments The six segments are shown in Figure 8. Each group has been given a name, which provides a shorthand description of the group. The groups range in size from 26% of adults ( Functionalists ) to 1% of all adults ( Deal Seekers ). Regarding communications services, the most technologically advanced group are the Pioneers. Moving around the chart clockwise, the groups become less technologically advanced, with the Disconnected, who do not access the internet, being the least advanced The research was conducted face to face on Ipsos MORI s omnibus survey during March April In total, 2,508 UK adults were interviewed. The sample was representative of UK adults and lasted 30 minutes. 18

21 Figure 8 Segment overview Disconnected Pioneers Deal Seekers Functionalists Slipstreamers Socialisers Source: Ofcom research Base: All UK adults (2,508) As an overview of each of the segments, the following pen-portraits describe the key features of each group..0.2 Pioneers The Pioneers group can be segmented further, in order to identify the small group of consumers who tend to be the earliest adopters of new communications technology. Pioneers (Set A) make up 52% of the Pioneers group, so represent 8% of all consumers. More than a quarter of this group own a smart TV and 100% have a smartphone. They tend to be younger males who have either just started full time employment or are full time students. Pioneers (Set B) make up the remaining 8% of the Pioneers group, so represent 7% of all consumers. They are similar in attitude and behaviours to Pioneers (Set A) but have a slightly lower level of device ownership. 19

22 Figure 9 Pioneers 15% Pioneers Male 68% Age under 5 77% Working 71% HH SEG ABC1 67% Urban 69% Average HH income 7k More likely to be Most likely to own and use Most likely to say Younger working males with higher household income Everything I am always one of the first to try out new technology (67%) Likelihood of switching Fairly likely and bundling services... Miss doing the most... Use a Smartphone (37%) The most technically advanced who own and personally use a lot of technology devices. 1 in 5 use smart TVs, half use a games console. All use a Smartphone, with in 10 personally using a tablet too. They have very high involvement in technology and do not shy away from using it to its full potential. They are extremely online savvy and conduct most of the high literacy activities online. Figure 10 Deal seekers 3D SMART 1% Deal-seekers Male 5% Age under 5 59% Working 65% HH SEG ABC1 58% Urban 73% Average HH Income 37k Younger working males with More likely to be highly driven to get best deal at every possible occasion Most likely to own and Almost Everything use I really enjoy figuring out how Most likely to say technology works (73%) Likelihood of switching Very likely and bundling services... Miss doing the most... Watch Television (23%) Device ownership and usage is higher amongst this segment, in comparison to most other segments, apart from Tech Advanced. But the key discriminator for this segment is their urge to find the best deal for their suppliers of services. They are most likely to switch and have bundled services and also have very strong attitudes towards switching, as they are more likely to be deal seekers and feel it's easy to switch and are the most pragmatic. 20

23 Figure 11 Slipstreamers!?! Slipstreamers 17% Male 59% Age under 5 65% Working 65% HH SEG ABC1 59% Urban 79% Average HH Income 0k More likely to be Most likely to own and use Most likely to say Younger working males with higher household income Most of the technology devices especially Smartphone I am always one of the first to try out new technology (65%) Likelihood of switching Fairly Likely and bundling services... Use a Desktop or Laptop Miss doing the most... computer (29%) Slipstreamers have good ownership and usage levels for most technology devices, with 1 in 3 using a tablet and 6 in 10 a Smartphone. But they are defined by being digitally confident and capable. They conduct a range of tasks across different devices, these tasks include those in the more advanced listing. However they do have concerns about their privacy on the internet. Figure 12 Socialisers Socialisers 13% Female 60% Age under 5 63% Working 62% HH SEG ABC1 51% Urban 71% Average HH Income 31k More likely to be Most likely to own and use Most likely to say Females who is working and socially active Devices that accommodate daily usage and trendy ones I worry about other people's feelings and opinions when I take decisions (69%) Likelihood of switching Fairly likely and bundling services... Miss doing the most... Watch Television (32%) Socially active but technically un-engaged. This segment is very pragmatic, they are most likely to wait a year for a device to get cheaper before they are likely to buy it, but they do not actively seek out the deals and they like their devices to be simple and straight forward. Attitudinally they do not have many concerns online. They are not particularly led by technology, they are younger and skewed towards females. 21

24 Figure 13 Functionalists 26% Functionalists Female 62% Age 5+ 71% Working 9% HH SEG ABC1 56% Urban 70% Average HH Income 30k More likely to be Most likely to own and use Most likely to say Older females with higher household income Devices that accommodate daily usage Traditions are very important to me (75%) Likelihood of switching Not very likely and bundling services... Miss doing the most... Watch Television (2%) Amongst this group, 3 in 10 use a Smartphone, 1 in 10 a smart TV and 1 in 7 use a tablet. They do not show much interest in technology generally and are very traditional in what they use it for. Their usage of internet is limited to traditional activities like and social networks and they express concerns about privacy and security. They are less inclined to trying new things out on the internet and need to be educated to do most things online. Figure 1 Disconnected 15% Disconnected Female 60% Age 5+ 87% Not working 8% HH SEG C2DE 67% Urban 73% Average HH Income 1k More likely to be Most likely to own and use Most Likely to say... Older females who has minimum interest with technology More traditional devices Traditions are very important to me (79%) Likelihood of switching Not very likely and bundling services... Miss doing the most... Use a Smartphone (5%) They do not access the internet at all. Their household ownership and personal usage of most technology devices is significantly lower. Their connection to the world is established by TV, radio, landline or standard mobile. 1 in 3 from this group are aged 75+ which explains the disconnect with internet and technology. They see no point in accessing the internet and often ask peers if they need help. 22

25 .0.3 Segment comparisons Figure 15 provides a qualitative assessment of each segment against the four criteria set out in the row titles. A green circle shows where the segment is above average, amber is in line with the average and red is below average. The red indicators are exclusively found among Functionalists and the Disconnected. The clustering of the different coloured dots demonstrates that there is a strong correlation between attitudes, media ownership, engagement, confidence and literacy, and switching and bundling. The analysis shows that those who are the most comfortable with technology are also the most able to deal with risks and to get the best deals from suppliers. Figure 15 Comparison of segments on key criteria Media ownership High involvement in technology and do not shy away from using it to its full potential. Extremely online savvy and conduct most of the high literacy activities online Most likely to switch and bundle services. Most likely to be deal seekers and feel it's easy to switch and are the most pragmatic Digitally confident and capable. Conduct a range of tasks across different devices, but have concerns over privacy Socially active but technically unengaged. Most likely to wait a year for a device to get cheaper before they buy it, but they do not actively seek out the deals Perform limited traditional activities like and social networks and express concerns about privacy and security. They are less inclined to trying new things out on the internet and need to be educated to do most things online Their connection to the world is established by TV, radio, landline or standard mobile. 1 in 3 from this group are aged 75+ which explains the disconnect with internet and technology & access Engagement Confidence & Literacy Switching & bundling Source: Ofcom research Base: All UK adults (2,508) 23

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